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Large-Scale Path-Dependent Optimization of Supersonic Aircraft

Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
PSA Branch, NASA John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH 44135, USA
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Aerospace 2020, 7(10), 152;
Received: 23 September 2020 / Revised: 14 October 2020 / Accepted: 15 October 2020 / Published: 20 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Control and Optimization Problems in Aerospace Engineering)
Aircraft are multidisciplinary systems that are challenging to design due to interactions between the subsystems. The relevant disciplines, such as aerodynamic, thermal, and propulsion systems, must be considered simultaneously using a path-dependent formulation to assess aircraft performance accurately. In this paper, we construct a coupled aero-thermal-propulsive-mission multidisciplinary model to optimize supersonic aircraft considering their path-dependent performance. This large-scale optimization problem captures non-intuitive design trades that single disciplinary models and path-independent methods cannot resolve. We present optimal flight profiles for a supersonic aircraft with and without thermal constraints. We find that the optimal flight trajectory depends on thermal system performance, showing the need to optimize considering the path-dependent multidisciplinary interactions. View Full-Text
Keywords: multidisciplinary design optimization; trajectory optimization; aircraft design; thermal systems design multidisciplinary design optimization; trajectory optimization; aircraft design; thermal systems design
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Jasa, J.P.; Brelje, B.J.; Gray, J.S.; Mader, C.A.; Martins, J.R.R.A. Large-Scale Path-Dependent Optimization of Supersonic Aircraft. Aerospace 2020, 7, 152.

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Jasa JP, Brelje BJ, Gray JS, Mader CA, Martins JRRA. Large-Scale Path-Dependent Optimization of Supersonic Aircraft. Aerospace. 2020; 7(10):152.

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Jasa, John P., Benjamin J. Brelje, Justin S. Gray, Charles A. Mader, and Joaquim R.R.A. Martins 2020. "Large-Scale Path-Dependent Optimization of Supersonic Aircraft" Aerospace 7, no. 10: 152.

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